Truckee police hand out 15 tickets for cellphone violations |

Truckee police hand out 15 tickets for cellphone violations

Staff report

TRUCKEE, Calif. — Officers handed out 15 tickets last month to motorists who were illegally using cellphones while driving, officials said.

The Truckee Police Department stopped dozens of drivers as part of a nationwide education and enforcement campaign for National Distracted Driving Awareness Month in April.

Additionally, officers issued 22 written warnings for cellphone violations, according to a TPD news release. Of those warned or cited, 68 percent reported a Truckee address.

Police also investigated 11 reported traffic collisions in April, none of which involved distracted driving.

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“Truckee PD encourages all motorists to drive with their full attention on the road — and if you must take that call, please comply with state law and utilize a hands-free device,” officers said.

According to California law, drivers are required to use hands-free equipment while driving, unless in certain cases of emergency. Further, any form of text-based communication while driving is illegal.

The fine for a first offense for either law, including penalties, is $76. A second offense is $190. Convictions will appear on your driving record, but points will not be added.

For information on distracted driving, visit


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